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FHFA’s GSE Housing Goals are Targeting to Increase Affordable Housing Opportunities for Low-income Families in 2015-2017: A REALTOR® University Speaker Series

In a presentation in the REALTOR® University Speaker Series held recently, Dr. Paul Manchester presented the affordable housing goals for the government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for 2015-2017.[1] FHFA’s housing goals for the GSEs pertain to increasing...

Financing, Home Inspection, and Appraisal Issues: Major Issues Affecting Contract Settlement

In reporting on their last contract that went into settlement or was terminated over the period October–December 2015, REALTORS® reported that 33 percent of contracts had delayed settlement, according to the December 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report. Among...

In What States Did Properties Sell Quickly in October–December 2015

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® asks members “For the last house that you closed in the past month, how long was it on the market from listing time to the time the...

More Workers Filed Unemployment Insurance Claims in January 2016

The number of workers starting a period of unemployment is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that in the week ended January 30, 2016 285,000 claims were filed, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week’s...

Home Buyers, 34 Years and Under: 27 Percent of Residential Sales in December 2015

Buyers who are 34 years old and under accounted for 27 percent of home sales in December 2015, according to the December 2015 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report. The participation of buyers who are 34 years and under has...